Soon after waking up we got a visit from airport security. He kindly asked me to move on as traffic control thought that I was too close to the runway! Errr ok sorry about that. To be fair to me there were signs saying where you couldn’t go and I hadn’t crossed that line. Quickly looking for another place to park we happened upon Sopley Woods and this turned out to a nice wood to get some shot of so out came the camera gear.
I tried to fly the drone in this wood but the software in the control system wouldn’t let me take off. Restricted airspace. Too close to the airport. I had only planned to fly it at about head height in amongst the trees as I was aware of the situation. I paid a lot of money for this drone and it’s great that it has such technology. DJI Spark if you are interested.
After that it was on to find another place to spend the night. I am realising that it’s going to take a lot of planning to find good places to park. It doesn’t help that I have so many pre-requisites. Phone signal, dog safety, dog exercise, photograph opportunities and van security to name a few. It’s not easy. I need to find and make more use of online maps and information.
However I lucked out and found a small car park leading onto Castleman Trailway. Presumably this is a very old by-way and it goes for many miles. Rivers, bridges, nature reserves all accessible by foot or bike. Out came the drone and a good walk for Lupa.
So far the trip has been going well if a little uninspiring in terms of locations but I reluctantly called my vehicle insurer to inform them of my new situation. Self-employed photographer living full time in a van around europe for a year. “Oh’ they said. They also said “sorry but that means that your current policy is not longer valid and we will cancel it in 7 days”. Just like that. 200 quids worth of insurance cancelled. Thanks a lot. It gets better then then gave me a new quote of £1400! So one thousand more than it was!
It seems that it’s the self-employed photographer part which is the problem. I have friends who full time in their campers around europe and they pay £350 ish. This is a real problem. It’s a lot of money.